Posted on July 9, 2018 at 6:00 PM
In today’s busy world, prioritizing between your work and your personal life can be a huge challenge. But studies show that a poor work-life balance can result in unhealthy levels of stress, unhappiness, and even reduced productivity. If you want to restore the balance and harmony in your work and personal live so you can enjoy both to the utmost, here are some steps you can follow.
Figure out what you want your priorities to be, not what you think they should be. Ask yourself, ‚If I could only focus on one thing in my life, what would it be?‘ That answer is your top priority. What would you focus on second? Third? You have now identified your top priorities. You can also invest in time-tracking tools. Track how you spend your time. How much time do you spend doing things that do not matter to you? Or that do not align with your priorities? Eliminate these things from your life or delegate them.
An emergency would most likely have to come up before you would reschedule an important work meeting. Give your own time the same respect. Once you have put private time on your schedule, protect it, unless there is an emergency. Allow yourself to daydream in the subway or appreciate good weather on your walk to work. If you do not allow yourself pockets of personal time, you will become too burned out to fully appreciate any part of your life.
The days when work is over once you leave the office are gone. Because technology makes us constantly accessible, nobody will set boundaries for when to stop working - you have to set the boundaries yourself. Today’s technology can make the line between your work life and personal life quite blurry. Turn off your cell phone and laptop when you are at your son’s soccer game, and ask friends and family not to interrupt your workday unless it is an emergency.
Just because you see your job as secondary to your personal life doesn’t mean work should not be enjoyable. You will spend at least a third of your waking hours at your job, so you might as well like what you are doing even if it isn’t your calling. Maybe you find out you like thinking about strategy or working with numbers. Maybe you feel invigorated by counseling and mentoring people. Once you know what gets you excited, look for assignments or projects aligned to those interests such as managing the budget or starting a mentoring program.